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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Vintage films show era of country craft skills

THERE is a chance to find out about Kirkby’s ancient church, see the craft skills of South Cumbria on vintage movies and learn about the early days of Furness Abbey in a series of events.

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WORKING DAYS: You can see vintage movies of Kirkby quarry workers, basket makers and a blacksmith as part of a film and photography open day in June

Next Tuesday Kirkby History Group is hosting a talk from 7.30pm in the Beckside Rooms. Dr Hugh Doherty will speak about St Cuthbert and his Church of Kirkby Ireleth.

Dr Doherty will explain the origins of the church and its development, including its dedication to St Cuthbert.

Entry is free but donations at the door will be welcome.

On Saturday June 11 the Kirkby History Group is having an open day in the Beckside Rooms from 11am to 5pm in conjunction with Kirkby Photography Club.

An exhibition called Films and Photos – Then and Now will feature a rare opportunity to see a rolling programme of films from the North West Film Archive.

These were made by Sam Hanna in the 1940s at places including Kirkby slate quarry, the blacksmith’s forge at Soutergate and at the swill makers in Askam.

There will also be a series of photographs of the village taken recently by the photographic club to compare with vintage views collected by the history group. Entry is free.

In July the universities of Liverpool and Cambridge will be jointly hosting a major event in Barrow to explore the early days of Furness Abbey.

The conference on Friday, July 8 is called Medieval Furness: Texts and Contexts and will be held next door to the abbey ruins at the Abbey House Hotel.

The event, which is open to the public, is part of a two-year research project called Hagiography at the Frontiers: Jocelin of Furness and Cross-Border Politics.

The lecturers include Janet Burton from the University of Wales who will look at Furness, Savigny and the Cistercian world.

She is followed by Hugh Doherty, from the University of Oxford, on the 12th century benefactors and enemies of Furness Abbey.

There will also be talks on the life of St Waldef, abbot of Melrose and the life of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland.

Helen Birkett, from the University of Edinburgh, will look at Jocelin and the literary legacy of Furness Abbey while Jason Wood will look at the role of Furness Abbey in art, tourism and literature.

There will also be an afternoon visit to the grounds of Furness Abbey.

For further information you can contact Dr Clare Downham, Institute of Irish Studies, 1 Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7WY or send an email to downham@liverpool.ac.uk

Details about conferenceplaces can be found on the website at http://www.liv.ac.uk/irish/Hagiography/conference.htm

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